Blundell argues that "the use of the term food addiction is a step towards medicalization and implies that normal human social behavior is pathological." In other words, the perpetuation of this idea leads to a cavalier attitude towards our own responsibilities about our health. Sure, about 3% of people are psychologically diagnosed with binge eating, but when it comes to reaching for an extra handful of sweets, it's on us to exercise self control. Assigning an unhealthy intake of food — sweet or savory — as something we can't control only feeds the nation's obesity epidemic. After all, if we claim we're addicted and unable to resist certain foods, then it's out of our hands, right? We don't have to take responsibility for the problem.
What do you think? Can people become addicted to food? Are we just too happy in our cookie comas to care? Sound off in the comments below. (BBC)